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Black Americans weep for the Obama era and uncertain future

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On the night in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected the country’s first black president, many black Americans wept. Eight years later, they weep again for the end of an era some thought they would never live to see — and for the uncertain future they face without him. In Obama, many African-Americans felt they had a leader who celebrated their culture and confronted their concerns. In his wife, Michelle, they saw a national role model who epitomized style and…

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Alicia Garza, co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter, to speak at USF

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Alicia Garza, social activist and co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter, will speak at the University of South Florida at 8 p.m. today (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) as part of the student-run University Lecture Series in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom. The lecture is part of the university’s MLK Commemorative Week, celebrating the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The student organizers of the event expect Garza to engage the audience in a discussion about race relations in America and how her…

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Larry Robinson a good choice for FAMU, Tallahassee

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Florida A&M University is one of America’s most recognized Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). It is the only HBCU within Florida’s State University System. Together with Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College, FAMU is a major presence in the Tallahassee community. Those of us who live here want a thriving FAMU that can make significant contributions to our culture, our history and, of course, our workforce. While students, faculty, administration and alumni have a stake in a thriving…

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Conciliatory meeting between Donald Trump, Martin Luther King Jr.’s son

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The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST): 2:10 p.m. The son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. says he had a “very constructive” meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on the holiday marking King’s life. Martin Luther King III played down Trump’s recent claim that Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon, was “all talk.” He told reporters at Trump Tower on Monday that in the heat of emotion, “a lot of things get said on both sides.” King…

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Darryl E. Owens: ‘Star Spangled’ outrage blunts Colin Kaepernick’s message

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” — Martin Luther King Jr. Call it shades of Angela Davis. As the “The Star-Spangled Banner” rang out, Colin Kaepernick took a knee on the sidelines before kickoff in San Diego last week sporting his happy-nappy Afro halo. Not that one could blame him for fishing his blowout comb from…

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Pro-school voucher rally expected to draw 10,000 to Tallahassee on Tuesday

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Martin Luther King III, the oldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is slated to a march and rally in Tallahassee on Tuesday to support Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship. Several thousand participants and spectators are expected. LobbyTools posed the event agenda last week. On Friday, Capitol Police director Chris Connell advised state workers via email that “organizers are busing in people from around the state and are planning for approximately 10,000 people to attend the rally.” “This event may significantly…

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Libertarian Augustus Invictus promises to publish ‘LSD journals’

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Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Augustus Sol Invictus — the Orlando lawyer who admitted sacrificing a pig and drinking its blood as part of a Pagan ritual — is now promising to release two years of “LSD journals.” Invictus posted a tweet on Twitter Monday stating, “I am pleased to announce that I will be publishing two years’ worth of LSD journals on 31 January 2016.” He also included a picture of two pages of handwriting that includes the declaration, “F- you America. This is your…

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